The past New York Jets locker rooms have had their share of misfortunes in recent years. The obvious key to winning and success is a mixture of talent, hard work, team unity, and close to zero unnecessary distractions. The Jets should have a much better balance of all of them this year.
A 16-game season can prove grueling, and there are bound to be losses and injuries that you have to compensate for, and life happens. These guys all have personal lives like you and I. Add guys under-performing, and a season can slip out of hand rather quickly.
While part of me is optimistic, I keep the “what ifs” and caution in the back of my mind at all times. I think one thing is certain: The Jets are serious about bringing in players who will be a good look for the team, while bringing in talent at the same time.
Adding defensive tackle Quinnen Williams out of Alabama to a nice mix featuring quarterback Sam Darnold, third-year safety and second-year team captain Jamal Adams is a move that showed the Jets want to make some quiet noise on the field.
One can hope that running back Le’Veon Bell won’t disrupt the inner peace the Jets are trying to build. Robby Anderson has kept out of trouble, and that alone is huge, as big as his potential to be a solid, more efficient wide reciever to help the Jets chances in the future. I hope the the other guys due for a rebound year, such as Leonard Williams, Anderson and Marcus Maye will follow suit and prove they too belong on a team headed in the right direction.
To say the least, the Jets know the locker room was out of hand when Todd Bowles lead it. Enter Adam Gase, who with the right weapons will destroy opposing teams. Part of what’s needed to be so fierce is peace within. I’m sure the Jets plan is to find peace and happiness in the locker room and it will prove on the field.